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The Library Connect program

Chances are if your child is a K-12 student in Multnomah County, they already have a library card! The Library Connect program allows students to have instant access to books, online resources, movies, music and more. 

Students in Centennial, David Douglas, Gresham-Barlow, Parkrose, Portland and Reynolds School District can come to Multnomah County Library any time and use their school ID card to check out items. Their school ID is already connected with our library system. 

More than 100,000 students have full access to Multnomah County Library thanks to this program. Of these students, two out of three did not have a library card previously.

Five students giving thumbs up

One family that moved to the Portland area went into the library with intentions of getting library cards. When North Portland Teen Librarian Isy Ibibo asked if the children had started school yet, and they said they had, she told them this most likely meant they already had cards because of the Library Connect program. 

“The whole family was excited to hear it. I asked for their names and birthdays and looked them up. The mom was stunned at how quickly we had gotten them set up with Library Connect accounts since they hadn’t been in the school system for very long,” says Isy. “Everyone agreed that it was such a cool service that we offered!”

Librarians are connecting with students within the library, but there are also staff members who have been going to schools and sharing information about Library Connect with teachers and students. Of these staff members, there is a dedicated full-time librarian focusing on developing this transformational relationship between the public library and school districts.

Youth Librarian Brianne Williams spent some time at Whitman Elementary last spring, sharing information about the library, Library Connect, and giving books to students. “It was such a thrill for me to be inside a school again, talking with kids! The teachers were so grateful for the books, and so were the kids,” says Brianne. 

The K-5 students Brianne connected with had great feedback to share about the books. One student shared “I love Zoey and Sassafras! I’ve read a bunch of the others, but not this one.” Another student said with delight  “this jumbie book looks really scary. I only have three chapter books at home. I really need another one. Thank you!” These giveaway books and more are made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation. These incentives have provided opportunities to engage students about Library Connect resources and build relationships with students and educators. 

With the Library Connect program there is something for every age in the K-12 range. For elementary and middle school students there are ebooks, audiobooks, comics, TV from Hoopla and documentaries from Kanopy. For grades 9-12 there is even more! With a collection for teens at OverDrive Teens, there are curated books and even digital copies of some of their favorite magazines from the Libby App. For teens thinking about the PSAT or SAT, they can find sample tests, live homework help, and other resources too.

The Library Connect program can help all year. During the summer when students are out of school and looking for something to do, “you can come in and immediately start borrowing books, ebooks, music. Or if you want to watch a movie, log on to Kanopy,” says Youth Services Project Librarian Kate Carter. 

“If your kid automatically has an account, how about getting a library account for yourself too as a form of modeling reading and library use?” says Kate.

Library Connect reduces barriers to access of library resources for kids and families. There is no longer a barrier of having to come in and sign up for a card, or even having to do the online form. You and your students can access all that the library has to offer.

For more information on Library Connect, go to https://multcolib.org/libraryconnect

Mara Bazua, librarian at Holgate Library

When Mara Bazua came to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, she did not have a computer. It was the early 2000s, so cell phones were newer, social media was in its infancy, and job applications had just switched from paper forms to online.

Mara would visit the library and use the public computers to check her social media as a way to stay connected to family and friends. 

“For a long time I didn't ask for a library card because I didn't know it was free. I just used a library pass for computers,” says Mara. 

“I would sit in between shelves and look at the books and put the books in their place. I knew exactly where each book went.”

During one visit, a librarian told Mara that she could take the books home. Mara was shocked that the library here was free.

“In Mexico there is that concept but you can only take certain books depending on your membership. I was counting all my pennies. I thought it was like paying rent. You're renting a book but you have to pay for it. It was incredible that I could borrow books and didn't have to pay,” says Mara. 

She knew the ins and outs of the shelves - and would sometimes even help patrons at the library while being one herself. 

The librarians noticed Mara’s love for the library, and one day asked, “Why don't you work at the library?”

Mara began working in libraries in 2009, and in 2011 visited Holgate Library as a patron for the first time. She started working for Multnomah County Library at North Portland Library, beginning of 2017. After seven months, Mara began a full-time role at Gresham Library.

“I always loved reading and knew a lot about books, so it was like I was a fish in water — working in a job that I like, that I am welcome and where my education is being valued,” says Mara. 

Then, in 2020, Mara became the Youth Services Outreach and Operations Supervisor. 

“It’s all moved really fast but it’s magic, it's incredible and I think everything started just by coming to the library, just like people in our community, come to the library looking for photocopies, where to print, or use a computer — I didn't really know the services that the library offered. I would give them my ID for a computer pass, and then staff would start talking to me. Little by little the staff made me feel welcome. I thought why are they so nice to me … but then I learned that libraries are like that with all people. They want people to feel welcome and safe,” says Mara.

More recently in 2021, Mara became the Holgate Library Administrator, where she supervises the daily operations of the library branch and its staff. 

“Every day is a new adventure and a learning experience. I learn so much about this diverse community and different cultures,” says Mara. 

Mara did not come to the United States having friends or a large family, but the library has been a place for her to connect with other readers, Spanish speakers and build a community. 

“As an immigrant these connections help you not feel so homesick. It makes you happy to speak your language, make connections and give others resources to help them.”

Learn more about the history of Holgate Library, and stay up to date on the Library Capitol Bond project updates. You can now also view the new interior of what Holgate Library will look like after renovations.


Multnomah County Library’s Summer Reading program encourages kids, teens, and families to read throughout the summer. With hundreds of kids signed up each year to participate, Summer Reading relies on youth volunteers to keep everything running smoothly. Volunteers hand out the gameboards at library branches, explain how the game works, and give out prizes. Most of a Summer Reading player’s interactions are with the youth volunteers!

Talia is a new volunteer. She was encouraged by her oldest sister to spend her summer at the library. Talia's sister began volunteering at Rockwood Library as an 8th grader— she is now graduating high school! 

Four siblings, some seated and others standing, behind Summer Reading table inside Rockwood Library.

“It’s fun. I really enjoy volunteering because I get to hang out with kids, some of my siblings and friends,” says Talia.

Talia is also participating in the Summer Reading program as a reader and has been checking out more books since she began volunteering.

“I’ve gotten like 16 books so far and I’ve read like 5 or 6 of them already,” says Talia.



Twelve-year old twins, Micah and Xavier, spent this past summer volunteering at Kenton Library. Though it was their first time volunteering for Summer Reading, they have participated in the game for as long as they can remember, Micah notes. 

Twins Micah and Xavier sitting behind the Summer Reading table at Kenton Library

Micah and Xavier are avid readers and Oregon Battle of the Books competitors. They often read for “at least two hours each day,” says Micah. When asked if they had any book recommendations, Xavier said “Yes; too many!” They both love fantasy books, and at the top of their list are The Wingfeather Tales by Andrew Peterson and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.


 

Siblings Haben, Amen, and Eden are volunteering together at Fairview-Columbia Library. Haben is the oldest of the three, and he was just eight when he started volunteering with Summer Reading. Haben is now a freshman in high school, and is volunteering with his two siblings. But he isn’t the only one with Summer Reading knowledge; all three siblings have participated as readers in the past.

Three sibling, Haben, Amen, and Eden, all with big smiles, sitting behind the Summer Reading table at Fairview-Columbia Library.

“I actually wanted to volunteer since I’ve been doing the reading logs,” says Eden, the second oldest of the trio. “I also enjoy talking to the kids… it’s nice to meet new people.”

Amen, the youngest, agrees: “I like to help kids find books and give them coupons!”

In between helping summer readers, Amen likes to color and spend time with her siblings. Haben’s top recommendations for books are barbecue cookbooks – in particular those with recipes for brisket or ribs.

“I like graphic novels”, says Eden. “One graphic novel I would recommend for ages 10 and up is called Amulet.” 

In addition to having fun, youth volunteers have the opportunity to develop new skills, gain confidence and build their leadership skills. 

Volunteers who return year after year, increase their skill through serving in leadership roles and organizing, scheduling, and training new volunteers at their locations,” says Becky Blumer, volunteer services manager. “We frequently hear from young readers that they look up to volunteers and hope to volunteer one day. Thank you, Summer Reading volunteers, for your service and for inspiring our next generation of readers!”

Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to our library’s leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time to celebrate together with family and friends. The date of the celebration is based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar which combines the lunar and solar calendars. 

The Chinese lunisolar calendar is guided by the moon phases and the position of the sun in the sky. It is through the Chinese lunisolar calendar that many holidays are celebrated — including the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lunar New Year. 

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most celebrated holidays in China, Vietnam and other Asian countries. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th month in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, which is sometime in mid-September, when the moon is at its fullest.

At the library, staff who celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival have shared their traditions with our library community. Through a series of in-person and virtual events throughout the years, patrons have made lanterns, eaten mooncakes, and read books about the various mythical stories surrounding the moon. 

“What I did in the past for Vietnamese storytime was buy the mooncakes and invite families to the large meeting room at Midland Library, we would decorate with lanterns and lights. After eating we made a lantern craft, and turned on the song for Mid-Autumn that we sing to light the way for the man on the moon,” says Trang Oliver, Vietnamese bilingual library assistant. 

The famous legend of Cuội, the man on the moon, is well known throughout Vietnam. As Trang shares it, there is a man who found a miracle tree where a tiger cub had been killed. “When the tiger mom came to that tree, she chewed a leaf and fed it to the tiger cub, and the tiger woke up and lived. The man pulled that tree and brought it home to plant it in his yard. On the way home an old wise man told him this is a magical tree … so he needs to take care of it and only use clean water, never dirty water. The man loved this tree more than anything — even his wife and family. So the wife thought maybe without the tree you will pay more attention to me, and the wife poured dirty water on the tree. When she did this, the tree's roots shaked out of the ground and the man grabbed the tree and he flew up in the sky. That’s how he ended up on the moon.”

So every Mid-Autumn Festival, when the moon is full, the children light the path with lanterns, for the man on the moon, so that he can come back to the earth. 

“My parents would tell me this story every year. We would light the lanterns and usually do it at night. It’s such a wonderful holiday,” says Trang.

In both China and Vietnam, this holiday focuses on time together as a family. However, the legends and myths surrounding the moon tend to change by country and region. 
In China, Chang’e (嫦娥) is known as the Chinese goddess of the moon, and the story of how she got there is very different from that of the man on the moon.

Chang’e (嫦娥) was the wife of a brave man. Every day the man would go out and see 10 suns in the sky, and would shoot down nine of the suns, so there was only one. The gods in the heavens were so happy with him that they gave him a potion so that he could live forever. 

“But there was a bad guy that knew about this potion, and tried to get it,” shares Sally Li, Chinese bilingual library assistant. “The wife says no no no, and so she swallows the potion so the bad guy won’t get it. Then she flies all the way to the moon … So every year the husband looks at the moon for his wife.”

Families share these traditional stories while celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.

“This was a major holiday when we were in our own country. Here it is just another day so I think it is very nice that the library plans gatherings, so people can come and share …The library recognizes that this is a significant event for us and the library is trying. Although the library is not able to create the whole festival… But in the library space we can still celebrate the best way possible,” says Sally. 

This year there are both in-person and online programs for the community to enjoy the Mid-Autumn Festival. 

“People want this kind of event, they want to celebrate, it doesn't matter what we do but we celebrate and enjoy time together,” says Kenny Chen, Chinese bilingual library assistant.

Kenny is one of many library staff who plan events every year for the library community. 

“Multnomah County is a huge county and the Chinese community is large. Some people live close to Gregory Heights Library, others by Holgate Library … so it might be hard for them to come to a specific location. There are also many organizations hosting the Mid-Autumn Festival every year with potlucks or other things all about friends and family getting together,” says Kenny.

This Mid-Autumn Festival celebrate with loved ones by attending an in-person or online event at the library. And take a look at the Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival booklist to share in the storytelling aspect of the holiday.

To listen to Mid-Autumn stories and tales, watch the Lan Su Chinese Garden’s Mid-Autumn Storytime video, with Multnomah County Library staff member Sally Li. 

Wherever you work, you have rights under the law. Sometimes it is difficult to understand these rights. Below are some resources that can help you learn about your rights as a worker and get help if you believe your rights are being violated.

Bureau of Labor and Industries Oregon
This page from BOLI provides specific information about your rights, wage and pay laws, discrimination, and filing complaints.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA provides information about your safety and health rights at work and ways to file complaints.
en Español: www.osha.gov/publications/bylanguage/spanish

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
This organization oversees federal laws and has information on their website about types of discrimination and fact sheets for each one.
En Español: www.eeoc.gov/es/tipos-de-discriminacion

Northwest Workers Justice Project
Provides legal advice and education to Oregon's low-wage workers as they advocate on their own behalf.
En Español: nwjp.org/espanol

Voz Workers Rights Education Project
Empowers “workers to create social change for better opportunities and working conditions”.

United Farm Workers
UFW is the nation’s largest farm workers union using organizing and action to create change.

Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
PCUN “empowers farmworkers and working Latinx families in Oregon by building community, increasing Latinx representation in elections, and policy advocacy”.

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
AFL-CIO is a federation of unions that works collectively to “help make safe, equitable workplaces and give working people a collective voice to address workplace injustices”.

Fair Labor Standards Act
The FLSA “establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments.”

This library blog post about legal aid may also be useful. 

The Library can help you do research about workers rights and help you with your job and career search. Contact us to ask questions or book a One-on-One appointment.

 

Through the Affordable Connectivity Program, you can receive a monthly credit off of your internet bill. This program is funded by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). You may also be able to receive a one time $100 credit towards a device such as a computer, laptop or tablet. The device cannot be more than $150 and will require a minimum of a $10 payment by consumer. Please reach out to library staff for more information. This credit can be received for existing or new internet customers.

Find out if you qualify

To qualify you have to make 200% of the federal poverty limit or less. Please refer to the income table below.

Qualifying income levels:

Number of people in household Income
1 $27,180
2 $36,620
3 $46,060
4 $55,500
5 $64,940
6 $74,380
7 $83,820
8 $93,260

Visit the Affordable Connectivity Program website to learn more about qualifying. 

You may also qualify if you or a member of your family:

  • Gets free or reduced-price school breakfast/lunch.
  • Receives SNAP benefits.
  • Received a federal Pell grant for 2021.
  • Meets other criteria.

Apply

Apply online, pick up a paper application at any Multnomah County library, or visit or call a participating provider:

  • AT&T: 800-331-0500
  • Comcast Xfinity: 800-934-6489
  • Comcast Internet Essentials: 855-846-8376
  • Human-I-T: 888-391-7249  
  • T-Mobile: 800-866-2453
  • Verizon: 800-922-0204 
  • Ziply Fiber: 866-699-4759 

Get help

If you need help, visit your library or call:

  • Multnomah County Library: 503-988-5123
  • Emergency Broadband Support Center: 833-511-0311
  • Community Information Center: call 211 
  • Portland Customer Service Program: call 311

The Mobile Library is a custom RV that is the size of a band’s tour bus! It will bring library services to neighborhoods around Multnomah County. Along with space for storytimes and programs, the Mobile Library features bookshelves to browse, computer stations, wifi access, printers with scanning and faxing abilities, AC and heat. 

New multi-colored new mobile library

Communities that might not have close or easy access to a library location will be among the first to be visited. With the new Mobile Library, the library is hoping to reach people who have not previously been to a library; those with mobility issues; people without access to transportation, or even those who work during regular hours of operation and need a more flexible opening schedule. Beginning next year, the Mobile Library will also help support delivery of library services in communities impacted by library closures due to renovations and expansion. 

“This is a unique opportunity for the library to expand our reach into the community. Expanding our library services with the Mobile Library to communities that have barriers coming in is just another way we will be able to do this,” says David Lee, mobile and partner libraries manager.

The Mobile Library will park at community centers, churches and other locations. When it visits an elementary school, kid-friendly books, games and activities will be on board. For technology classes, it will be set up with additional computers and seating.

Several library staff members are training to drive the Mobile Library and offer classes for the community. 

“We will be exploring ways for providing vital library services and programs out in the community. This will be in partnership with library and county staff members and community partners,” says Steph Miller, mobile librarian.

Although the library has never had a Mobile Library with computer, printers, and wifi access in the past, the library has had a variety of bookmobiles for over 90 years. The first one in 1924 was referred to as the Rural Service Truck. This specialty Dodge truck circulated over 78,000 books every year, carrying up to 800 books and a desk at one time.

Young patrons crowd outside a library bus several decades ago

Iterations of the Rural Service Truck and bookmobile were continually in service until the early 2000s. 

With the new Mobile Library, the library will be able to “bring technology and services that haven’t been possible in the past, and do so in a mobile fashion,” says David. 

The design for the outside is based on the theme of connection. The community connecting with the library. People connecting to the internet. Readers connecting with great books. The Mobile Library will be where it all comes together — on wheels.

“Seeing a big colorful bus hopefully brings calm to those hesitant to engage with a public institution, as well as a smile. The colorful lines converging at the door and at the logo represent the library as a connecting place. Our libraries are vibrant spaces for connection, so I wanted the Mobile Library to visually express that,” says Multnomah County Library’s Art Director, Don Bradley. 

More information about the Mobile Library will be available on the library’s website soon. 
 

When Frances Spann would come into the library for technology help, she was determined to finish writing, editing and publishing her life story. 

With the help of Lynnea Amend, staff technology trainer, and Andrew Nilsen, bilingual Spanish tech help coordinator, Frances Spann learned new technology skills and made two new friends. 

As a library patron, Frances shines a light onto the beauty of how library services can make an impact in someone’s life. 

Patron Frances Spain standing by sign for Gresham Library

Frances’s first visit to a Multnomah County Library was in 1992, at the age of 46, when The Oregonian did an interview with her about her life.

“Before then, there was no need for me to go to the library, because I couldn't read or write,” says Frances. 

Born in 1946 in Belzoni, Mississippi, Frances was a sharecropper's daughter. As a child she worked picking cotton with her family and was not allowed to go to school. 

“I was deprived of getting an education because we lived on a plantation and Black people weren't allowed to send their kids to school back in the ’40s,” says Frances. 

The plantation had several Black families working and living there. She lived there for part of her childhood until she moved to nearby Greenwood with her mother and siblings. 

Frances tried to attend school. Her visit was cut short when as an 11 year old, she was put in a pre-kindergarten class. The school children and teachers made fun of her and she did not return. She had street smarts, and that helped her keep going. 

It wasn't until after she married, had nine children, and made her way to Oregon, that Frances finally had an opportunity to go to school. She began with Adult Basic Education at Portland Community College.

“I started in the classroom and tested below a third grade education. It took me eight years just to get my GED,” says Frances. 

At this time, Frances was taking care of her children and going to school. She would stay up late doing homework and take classes while her children were in school. She credits her graduation and future success to the teachers who helped her along the way and encouraged her to keep going.

“I got my GED and then I went to work as a caregiver, and the people that I was working for, they are the ones that inspired me to write my autobiography,” says Frances. 

In 1996, Frances didn’t know how to use a computer, so she began to handwrite her story with a pen and paper. 

“I didn't write every day, but I wrote whenever the urge hit me to write,” says Frances. “So as an author, to tell you the truth, it took me about 12 years, maybe 13 years in the making to finish it up.”

It was her daughter who encouraged Frances to get a flash drive for the safekeeping of her story, and to reach out to the library.

Many years later, in 2019, Frances stepped into the Gresham Library seeking help to use a computer so she could finish her autobiography. 

“I wanted for my kids and grandkids to know who they’ve been dealing with all these years because they know me as a mother, grandmother, auntie and a friend, but I want to let them know that there were some obstacles for me to get to where I am. And I couldn't share it with them like I could put it in a book when I write it down. To let them know my whole life history,” says Frances.

“They set me up with Andrew, to help me with my computer skills, but I think we had like two sessions, and then Covid hit,” says Frances. “I got disconnected from Andrew and I didn't think I would ever hear from him again.”

Once in-person tech help resumed, Andrew called Frances to ask if she was still interested in connecting in person at the library.  

“He said ‘are you still working on the autobiography?’ and I said ‘Yes I am,’ and then he said ‘well I have this nice lady – which is Lynnea, that would be happy to help you,” says Frances.

Andrew set up the tech help appointment for Lynnea and Frances at Gresham Library and Frances shared her story.

“I immediately felt so comfortable and relaxed (with Frances). Like we had just known each other and been friends for a long time. She’s just an easy person to talk to, and such a kind person,” says Lynnea.

In a span of three months, Frances and Lynnea worked together to find an editor for the 100-page autobiography.

“This is mainly more for my grandkids than my kids, because I couldn't tell my kids my life story. For one reason, I didn't want to poison their environment against people of another color, and I wanted them to look at people for who they were. Now, their mothers and their fathers can teach them and explain to them — the way this book is going to explain to my kids, that everyone is not the same, because a lot has happened since my generation,” says Frances. 

Being able to put her story down on paper and having it published has been part of Frances’s life mission. Frances is working on delivering the 25 copies of her autobiography to members of her family.
 

We realize it’s only July, but we’re already thinking about going back to school in the fall and how to help you do it on the cheap! Here are some tips we’ve learned over the years:
 

Reuse and Recycle! 
Before heading to the store, look around your home first to see what office and art supplies you could use for the upcoming school year. And you might not need a new backpack or lunch box, maybe last year’s just needs a good wash!
 

Borrow or trade school supplies
Ask extended family and friends if they have spare supplies you could borrow or have. Or maybe they are interested in trading extra supplies? Maybe you have a bunch of pencils and your friend has extra notebooks–a swap would be a win-win situation for both of you! This can also work for clothes, if you know folks whose kids are older and outgrown their clothes, or check your community’s Facebook/NextDoor page or neighborhood newsletter for upcoming clothing swaps!
 

Buy second-hand!
From backpacks to clothing, you can find real bargains at garage sales and thrift stores. Or check out Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace (or better yet, the Facebook Buy Nothing page) online.
 

Start now!
If you can, spread out your purchases over the summer. You don’t need to make extra trips to the store, just hit up the school supply aisle when you’re already out grocery shopping or running other errands. And be sure to check the front page of the store's circular or sales flier for items that are currently on sale! 
 

And the flip side of the coin… wait!
There are plenty of great sales to take advantage of during the back-to-school rush, but seasonal items such as fall clothing become cheaper after school starts (and they have to make way for the winter stuff). And fingers crossed, your kids won’t need that winter sweater for a little while!
 

Follow your list
School supply lists are available now for some schools in Multnomah County. Print the list and bring it with you every time you go shopping. And follow it - no need to get anything fancy that’s not on the list. Here is what we found as of the publishing of this post:

  • Centennial: We were unable to find updated supply lists on their website. Trying finding your school and looking on their individual website, usually under the “Families” or “For Parents and Students” dropdown menus.  
  • David Douglas: “Families do not need to purchase supplies over the summer. They will be provided at school.” More info here.
  • Gresham Barlow: “Gresham-Barlow School District will be supplying elementary and middle school students with any necessary school supplies. Families will still need to provide their students with backpacks. Each school will be in contact with families regarding other school-specific details before the start of the school year.” More info here.
  • Parkrose: You will need to go into each school’s page to find their supply list. Once at your school’s page, look under the Student’s drop down menu for the supply list (if it has been made available). 
  • Portland Public Schools: Some schools provide supplies for free; unfortunately, each school is different. For the most part, find your school and look under the 'Our School' menu. Sometimes supply lists are linked directly from there. You can also try using the search feature (top right of page) and type in your school’s name and the word “supply”. 
  • Reynolds: Reynolds is on top of things and has one page with all the supplies needed!
  • Riverdale: Select your school and check the website.

And definitely contact your school directly if you need help with getting supplies; they will help.

Do you have ideas we didn’t share here? Please let us know in the comments below! 

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

There are many horrific stories in the news about mass shootings, war, racism, environmental disasters and other tragedies. Even if kids aren’t specifically watching or listening to the news, they hear about these stories and can rightfully feel scared and anxious. And it’s important, as adults, that we be open to having discussions with kids about these tragic events. Thankfully, lots of very smart people have been giving tips on how to have these difficult conversations and we’ve listed some of them here to help. We are also including a reading list that may help. 

How to Talk With Kids About Tragedies & Other Traumatic News Events from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
In this article, the AAP encourages families to filter information about the event and present it in a way that their child can understand and handle in a healthy way. Tips are broken down by age, while taking into consideration development delays and neurodiversity.

Disaster: Helping Children Cope from The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 
For families who have been through a disaster, this article speaks to behavioral changes you may note in your children and links to further resources.

How to Talk to Children About School Shootings from the Stanford Children’s Health
Written after the Uvalde school shooting, this short article speaks directly to children’s fears around this topic, and includes signs that a child may need additional help, as well as how adults can help manage their own anxiety and stress.

How to Talk to Your Kids About School Shootings from Scholastic Parents
We like this article not only because it gives age-appropriate and helpful strategies for having conversations on this very difficult topic with your kids, but also because it brings up the power of “allowing children to be active and involved as a way of alleviating some of their fears.”

How to Help Children Manage Fears from the Child Mind Institute
One of our favorite resources, this Child Mind Institute article is more generally about children’s fears, no matter what they may be, and how to help them learn to manage them.

15 Tips for Talking with Children about Violence from ¡Colorín Colorado! 
This bilingual site offers practical steps for talking with young children to teens. It includes admitting that adults don’t have all the answers and also feel sad, but that we are here. While the main site is in English and Spanish, a tip sheet is available in several more languages.

This article was written for our Family Newsletter, available in English and Spanish. Please sign up here and you can email us at learning@multcolib.org with any questions.

Mom and child reading at a library

For families looking for a welcoming space for children on the autism spectrum or those that would like a more adaptive storytime experience, Sensory Storytime is an inclusive and interactive program. 

Sensory Storytime is a weekly online event supporting neurodiverse families. Children get a chance to have fun with the library while staying at home in a safe and predictable place. 

“My kids are on the autism spectrum, and the pandemic meant they were completely out of their regular therapies for a long time. The Sensory Storytime was a lifeline during those times, and continues to be. They practice turn-taking, and the activities are super fun and engaging!” says Carmem, a Storytime parent. 

Children with sensory processing differences may have a tough time coming to the library due to sounds, lighting or other stimuli. The way that each child reacts to new spaces and interactions can be completely different, and there is not a one size fits all approach. 

“We have really valued all of the virtual options for learning that allow my child to be in her own space, but also be exposed to other children… activities as simple as finger drawing in salt in a tray help me (as a parent) think of simple, creative, engaging activities to keep us all busy,” says Taylor, another Storytime parent. 

Prior to the pandemic, Sensory Storytime was offered in person, and attendance was relatively low. In 2020, all events and programs switched to online. More families began to join in this storytime. 

“When Covid pushed storytimes online, we had the pleasant surprise that our reach to this community grew. Rather than the handful of families coming to in-person storytime, our Zoom storytimes often have as many as 50 families that register in a given session, and some families have been with us since the pandemic started,” says Kri Schlafer, bilingual library assistant. 

During each session of Sensory Storytime the instructors, Kri and Karen, show the children a visual schedule. They refer to the schedule throughout the storytime to help participants track what's happening in storytime, and what they will be doing next. As part of the schedule, they take time to say hello, sing, stretch and move, and read a couple of stories together. The storytime ends with a sensory activity, a rhyme, and saying goodbye. 

The library provides all program supplies not commonly found at home. Families can pick activity kits up at their local library branch or request that kits be mailed directly to their homes.

“Every week is full of songs, stories and an activity based on that week’s theme. It is all age group appropriate, but also manages to be inclusive for children with different needs and abilities. Finding activities that my son (with expressive language disorder) can participate in has been daunting, but this has been the perfect fit for us,” says Grace, a Storytime parent.

Sensory Storytime is one of several resources assisting with accessibility needs. Every library is equipped with a Sensory Accommodation Kit. These kits provide tools to help with background noises and other distractions. Kits can include a wiggle cushion, fidgets, and other items. In addition, patrons can request a free set of headphones at any library location.

For a sensory learning experience, families can find interactive learning and play structures in the children’s section of several libraries. 

With the upcoming Library Capital Bond project, there will be more changes to spaces to better accommodate neurodiverse people— like the sensory room that will be added to the updated Midland library. 

Through the bond work, library spaces will be updated to better reflect the needs of the community. Long gone is the idea that the library has to be a quiet space, but rather it is meant to be a community space for all to feel welcome.

Registration is now open for the Sensory Storytime summer session (July 12-August 23). And, if you want to enjoy storytime, but can’t make it live, take a look at the library’s Sensory Storytime videos. Welcome to the library!

The Summer Reading program is about more than reading. It is about building a love for learning with fun things to do for all ages.

A young child pointing out words in a picture book. An older kid cooking and baking. A teen studying for their driver license. These are just a few of the ways to join in Summer Reading.

Child holding books and library card

Early childhood: ages 0-4

Summer Reading before you can read? Yes! Reading to babies and toddlers to help them develop a reading habit. They can also count letters, scribble, sing, and play games. Babies born during the summer months can start playing Summer Reading right away! Explore fun stories and songs by joining a storytime online or outdoors this summer

Five kids running on grass

Kindergarten - grade 5

Children can participate by listening to an audiobook, playing games and even creating games! Going outside, gardening, looking at bugs and exploring the world around them can make kids curious to learn more. Playing sports or team games helps to build skills for cooperating and planning with others. 

"It's important to think outside the books so that Summer Reading is relevant and accessible to people of all cultures, abilities, interests, and learning styles," says Keli Yeats, youth librarian.

Cooking and baking is also an opportunity for children of all ages, teens and adults to participate in Summer Reading. When cooking and baking, kids can read recipes and practice math and science. Check out an e-cookbook! Make recipes based on a book or story: Arab Fairy Tale Feasts, The Manga Cookbook, The Pokémon Cookbook. You can listen to local music through the Library Music Project while you work together to make a delicious meal. 

“Other things that you can do to participate that promote learning outside of reading include: writing your own story, writing a poem, or creating your own game, making art or exploring a new language . . .  All of those are different activities that we encourage youth to do throughout the summer months to participate in this game and promote learning,” says Bryan Fearn, community learning manager.

Two teens in front of 3-D printer at Rockwood Makerspace

Middle school and high school

Teens may think reading is the only option for participating in Summer Reading. Not so! If toddlers can participate through play, why shouldn’t teens and adults?

Try tabletop or video role playing games. Teens can learn history and practice storytelling. There can be a lot of reading and math in character development and game rules. Teamwork in these games builds the same skills as physical sports.

Other ways teens can stay involved in Summer Reading is by learning to be good digital citizens online and through social media. Everyday rules in our day to day lives don't always translate to those in the digital space, so learning how to seek good online spaces, research information for accuracy, and checking community guidelines can make a big difference. 

“This gets to the point of Summer Reading. It’s not just about reading books. It’s about preparing youth and teens to go out and navigate the world as adults,” says Keli Yeats, youth librarian.

At the Rockwood Makerspace, teens can learn how to use new technology or create independent art projects. It’s a great way to build digital skills and confidence.

Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support.

Adults

Adults can play a Summer Reading game too with the Read 4 Life game. Through Hoopla, adults can browse a collection of digital comics, play music, or even check out movies. See the library’s events page for classes for job seekers, computer help, and more. 

Read 4 Life is sponsored by The Friends of the Library.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a neurological difference often characterized by difficulties with reading, writing and spelling. It may run in the families and cannot be “cured.” Individuals with this condition must learn coping strategies.

Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence. With the right instruction, almost all individuals with dyslexia can learn to read.  A multi-sensory, phonics based approach is often the best way to help kids learn to read. The Orton-Gillingham, Barton System and/or Lindamood-Bell programs are well known programs that work.

This great Ted-Ed talk provides an overview of dyslexia.

What should I look for?

Decoding Dyslexia offers these early signs of dyslexia:

  • Late speech (3 years or later)
  • Mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (e.g. bisghetti, aminal, mazageen)
  • Inability to rhyme by age 4
  • Difficulty with substitutions, omissions and deletions
  • Unusual pencil grip
  • Difficulty remembering rote facts (months of the year, days of the week)
  • Confusion of left vs. right  

One of the biggest challenges of dyslexia is counteracting shame caused by teasing and misunderstanding. Children are often teased because they can’t read as well as others. Teachers may say things like “she’s a slow reader” in front of the child or parents. Kids know what “slow” means and they often grow up believing they are “stupid” and/or “lazy.”

Headstrong Nation’s Learn the Facts wants you to know the facts, help your child recognize her/his strengths and weaknesses, learn how to talk about it with trusted friends and family and eventually, be comfortable sharing one’s real self with the world.

Dyslexia Assessment in Multnomah County

Oregon Senate Bills 612 and 1003 require school districts to universally screen for risk factors of dyslexia in kindergarten. The Oregon Department of Education provides guidance and training for districts and educators. If you or your child aren't in school or you feel the school is missing something, here are a few of the many assessment and intervention providers in the County.

The Blosser Center - Accredited by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators, the Blosser Center provides assessment, tutoring and teacher training.

Language Skills Therapy - Provides assessment and tutoring

New Leaves Clinic - Provides assessment and treatment in Hillsboro, Oregon

PDX Reading Specialist, LLC​ - Provides assessment, tutoring, advocacy and professional development

How the library can help

There are three valid types of reading: with your eyes (print & video), with your ears (audiobooks), and with your fingers (Braille).  

Audiobooks

Typically easier for someone with dyslexia, the library has thousands of audiobooks on CD and in downloadable formats for people who read with their ears. Library information staff can help you find and use audiobooks.

DVD/Blu-ray and streaming

The library has thousands of DVDs, Blu-ray and downloadable films for people who read with eyes and ears. Library information staff can help you find and use these media.

E-books

E-books are available to borrow through OverDrive to read on your desktop or with the Libby app. Accessibility options include using screen readers, changing text size, turning on dyslexic font, reading in sepia or night mode, and more. When searching for a subject, you can also look for the format "OverDrive Read-along" which provides narration that plays along while you read. The OverDrive help page explains how to find these read-along books and library staff can help as well.

Additional resources

Bookshare e-books have functions for people with print disabilities, including low vision, dyslexia and the inability to hold a physical book. Adults with a library card can get free access through the library. Students can get access through their school.

The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is free for any Oregonian with a print-disability including dyslexia or dysphasia.

This Pride Month, the library is recognizing the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) communities. Through the sharing of their own experiences, talents and advocacy, they’ve become influential voices for our time.

1) Darcelle XV (he/him) also known as Walter W. Cole, is a drag queen performer, entertainer, and cabaret owner in Portland. His memoir Just Call Me Darcelle shares stories from his past and present as Oregon’s most celebrated female impersonator. 

Darcelle XV

2) Charlie Amáyá Scott (they/she) is a writer, academic/ PhD candidate, social media influencer and activist from the central part of the Navajo Nation. Through their blog, Diné Aesthetic(s), Charlie develops educational resources on Indigenous Feminism.

3) Ocean Vuong (he/him) is an award-winning poet, essay and novel writer. His 2019 debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is a letter from a son to a mother covering topics of race, class, and masculinity.

Ocean Vuong

4) Carmen Maria Machado (she/her) is a short story author, essayist, and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, In the Dream House, dives into history of abuse in relationships and specifically between lesbian partners. 

Carmen Maria Machado

5) Lil Nas X (he/him) is the first openly gay Black music artist to win a Country Music Association award and Grammy Award. In 2021 he was awarded the Trevor Project’s Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award for his commitment to supporting young LGBTQ+ people struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

Little Nas X

6) Traci Carr (they/she) is an activist based in Los Angeles, focusing on Black activism and intersectionality for being Queer and Black. Traci organizes direct action protests for causes such as Black Women Periodt, Free Eman, and Trans Joy Day. She is also the creator and host of the upcoming series Superpower to the People, in development for streaming.

7) Jazz Jennings (she/her) is an activist, YouTube personality, and the co-founder of TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation. She has written two books (I Am Jazz! and Being Jazz) about acceptance and her life experience.

Jazz Jennings

8) Edgar Gomez (he/him) is a femme-queer-Latinx man of Nicaraguan and Puerto Rican descent. His debut memoir High-Risk Homosexual is about his life experience as a gay man in an anti-gay space and machismo culture.

9) Darcie Little Barger (she/her) is an earth scientist and science fiction, horror, and fantasy author. Her novel Elatsoe features an asexual Lipan Apache teenager and was a YA (Young Adult) bestseller.

10) Billie Jean King (she/her) is a world-renowned tennis player and champion who won 39 Grand Slam titles. She fought for equal pay and rights for female and male athletes. Beloved in her home city of Long Beach, California, where she was born and raised, the local Long Beach library is named the Billie Jean King Main Library.

Billie Jean King

11) Qwo-Li Driskill (they/them) is a poet, scholar, activist, and assistant professor at Oregon State University. Their book, Asegi Stories, provides insight into Cherokee cultural memories of same-sex relationships and nonbinary gender systems. 

12) Julie Sondra Decker (she/her) is a YouTuber and writer most well known for her work on asexuality through her book The Invisible Orientation.

13) Geo Socomah Neptune (they/she) is a nonbinary Two-Spirit member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, a master basketmaker, educator, activist, and the first openly transgender elected offical in Maine. Learn the history of the term two-spirit in this video with Geo and Them.

14) Kosoko Jackson (he/him) is an author of short stories, essays, and novels featuring Black and Queer youth. His newest book, I’m So (not) Over You, is a romantic comedy about a young couple.

15) Joshua Whitehead (he/him) is an Oji-nêhiyaw Two-Spirit queer otâcimow from Peguis First Nation. An author, professor, and PhD candidate who helped create and uplift Indigiqueer through his writing, including Jonny Appleseed and Full Metal Indigiqueer.

On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. This monumental day was made possible by the countless efforts of strong community leaders. Among them is Opal Lee -  coined as the “Grandmother of Juneteenth.”

Opal Lee

Ms. Opal worked for years to bring awareness to the United States Congress that Juneteenth is a day that needed to be celebrated nationwide. For decades, it’s been observed throughout the United States as a day to rejoice and commemorate June 19, 1865, and the abolition of slavery. 

This day symbolizes the two and a half years that passed after the Emancipation Proclamation when over 250,000 Black people in Texas were finally free from enslavement. 

With the goal of gathering support to make Juneteenth a national holiday, Ms. Opal started an online petition that gained over 1.5 million signatures. And in 2016, at the age of 89, Ms. Opal set out to hand deliver this petition to the President in Washington, D.C. 

Opal Lee waving to crowd on her walk

In September 2016, she embarked on a 1,400 mile long trek from Fort Worth, Texas, arriving in Washington, D.C. in January 2017. The journey, was divided into 2.5-mile-long walks every day, symbolizing the 2.5 years that it took to abolish slavery in Texas. Every year since, Ms. Opal has been steering a 2.5-mile walk in remembrance of Juneteenth. 

At the age of 94, Ms. Opal was able to reach her goal of making Juneteenth a federal holiday during her lifetime. In her recently published book Juneteenth: A Children’s Story, Ms. Opal advocates for education as a tool to make social change. She discusses the history of slavery and the importance of freedom.

Clara Peoples

In Oregon, Clara Peoples has been an important figure in the observance of Juneteenth, leading the first public celebration at Kaiser Shipyards in 1945. Ms.Clara spoke to her co-workers saying, “Hear ye, hear ye. It’s Juneteenth. We have 15 minutes to celebrate,” and the first celebration was afoot.

Clara Peoples

In 1972, Ms.Clara helped make Juneteenth a recognized holiday for the City of Portland, and started the larger celebrations known as Juneteenth Oregon shortly after. The Juneteenth Oregon celebrations include a parade, live music, vendors, educational booths, community resources, and a Miss Juneteenth pageant. 

The Miss Juneteenth pageant is an event celebrating Juneteenth and offering young Black women a chance to showcase their success, knowledge, and talent. This program also has an educational component to help develop leadership skills, community, and self-empowerment. 

In 2019, Aceia “Ace” Spade, a teen from Eugene, won the state of Oregon Miss Juneteenth competition. As Miss Juneteenth, Ace was the recipient of a scholarship, and additional educational resources. In 2021, Ace participated in the National Miss Juneteenth Pageant, and won the competition! 

The Juneteenth celebrations provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and build a sense of community. 

Juneteenth at the library 

Since 2001, the library has been celebrating Juneteenth in the form of events, book displays and giveaways, especially at the North Portland Library. 

Leading these efforts for 20 years was Ms. Patricia Welch, who wanted to celebrate Juneteenth and build stronger relationships with the North Portland community. In the first celebration, titled Juneteenth: Words Along the Way, there were readings of famous Black authors and activists, performances from local theater company PassinArt, and music from Thara Memory’s community orchestra playing symphonic music from Black composers.

“We have had some excellent Juneteenth celebrations, but this first one was hard to beat,” says Ms. Patricia. “We were reading everything from Frederick Douglass to Malcolm X. We had an ice cream social with red pop, so people could make their own sundae. It was a glorious day for the library to be part of this tradition.”

Although there have not been Juneteenth celebrations in person in the last few years, the library hopes to be able to bring back these events and engage with the community this way in the coming years. 

Current North Portland Library Administrator Perry Gardner says that “Juneteenth is a true celebration of freedom.”

Perry also speaks to the connection between Juneteenth and literacy, saying that “with Juneteenth, people can engage in innovation of their minds… Going from the chains of illiteracy to the freedom of literacy and the opportunity to be educated.”

To find resources on the history of Juneteenth, take a look at these Juneteenth resources from My Librarian Alicia T.

Summer Reading

Students across Multnomah County will receive a Summer Reading gameboard at their school before summer vacation begins. To participate, players keep track of the time they read, are read to, listen to audiobooks, or complete gameboard activities. Players can earn books, coupons, a Summer Reading T-shirt and other prizes. Summer Reading is free, and youth who finish the game will be entered into the grand prize drawing.

Family wearing Summer Reading shirts, holding books, at library

Summer Reading gameboards are available in English and Spanish, with instructions for the game available in Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Youth can also play online using Beanstack or by downloading the mobile Beanstack app.

The Summer Reading program includes an array of fun, free online events for children, teens and families. Enjoy summer time stories, music, crafts, magic and other activities this summer. Plus, it’s possible your student already has access to the library through the Library Connect program! The Library Connect program allows students to have instant access to books, online resources, movies, music, and more. 

Summer Reading is supported by gifts to The Library Foundation, a local nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our library's leadership, innovation and reach through private support. Learn more about the Summer Reading program in this fun video.

Volunteers

Summer Reading volunteers will be back in person at the library this summer. Volunteers explain the Summer Reading game to youth and their families, help youth select prizes, and more. There are still library locations with volunteer spots available. The volunteer application lists what library locations still have volunteer openings. Apply by June 10.

Are you a teen who loves Summer Reading, but would rather volunteer from home? Become a Summer Reading Promoter. Share your love of Summer Reading while earning volunteer hours. Do chalk art, create Summer Reading posters, share information about Summer Reading through social media, and more! Learn more and apply

Person wearing summer reading shirt at library

Read 4 Life

Adults can play too! Beginning June 16, pick up a Read 4 Life gameboard at your local library, or sign up to play online with Beanstack.

Gameboards are available in Spanish, Chinese and English; however, you are welcome to play the game in any language.

Challenge yourself with activities like starting a daily reading practice, exploring the library's Black Resources Collection or getting a list of recommended reads from the My Librarian team. 

Once you've completed four of the gameboard activities, you can enter to win prizes such as gift coupons to Third Eye Books, Starbucks and more.

Read 4 Life is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

¡El verano ya está aquí y con él un sinnúmero de actividades por realizar! Nada mejor que planear lo que queremos hacer y que hemos dejado pendiente por tiempo. Mis preferencias durante esta estación del año van desde leer un libro en una tarde soleada o escuchar otro libro cuando estoy limpiando mi casa. Tal vez leer en compañia de la familia o leer un libro ilustrado con su niño pueda ser otra alternativa.

Otra actividad para disfrutar y divertirse es participar en la Lectura de Verano para adultos que la biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah ofrece año con año. Cocinar ricos platillos y compartir las recetas de los mismos con mis amigos es algo que me encanta hacer también. Qué tal el trabajo en el jardín, plantando flores o vegetales. Y qué decir de los paseos al aire libre o por la playa. ¡Con los días largos llenos de luz natural no hay tiempo que perder! Cualquiera de estas opciones y otras más hacen del verano un tiempo lleno de memorias especiales. ¿Cuál será su historia este verano? 

"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive." - James Baldwin

Stories help us understand ourselves and empathize with others. Explore these lists featuring authors and characters who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, Two-spirit and more. From romance to manga, history to science fiction, find your next good read here.

Are you looking for books for kids and teens? Find them here. If you're looking for reading recommendations beyond these lists, try My Librarian.

La comunicación efectiva es esencial para construir asociaciones entre la escuela y la familia y apoyar el rendimiento de los estudiantes. Esta asociación debe estar unida al aprendizaje, abordar las diferencias culturales y tener un sistema de toma de decisiones compartido.

He aquí una serie de recursos para tomar en cuenta cuando se comunique con las escuelas.

Guía de recursos para las familias de habla hispana. Esta guía menciona las expectativas que los padres y tutores pueden tener acerca de las escuelas, sus maestros y su hijo. Además, incluye información acerca de los recursos con los que las escuelas cuentan y las medidas que las familias pueden tomar para ayudar a sus estudiantes a aprender.

Hable con los maestros para aclarar dudas sobre las tareas escolares. Incluye sugerencias de cómo abordar algunos problemas que los estudiantes enfrentan al realizar sus tareas y cómo comunicarse y trabajar junto con los maestros para poder ayudar a su estudiante con el trabajo en la escuela y en casa.

Preguntas que hacen los padres sobre las escuelas y sus servicios. ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi estudiante? ¿Qué puedo esperar de los maestros? Como padres, tenemos muchas preguntas acerca del sistema educativo y cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a que tengan éxito en la escuela. Este folleto presenta una serie de preguntas y sus respuestas.  

Consejos para las reuniones de padres y maestros. Las investigaciones comprueban que la participación de la familia es esencial para el éxito de los estudiantes. Aquí encontrará ideas de cómo prepararse para las reuniones con los maestros y cómo dar seguimiento a los puntos y acuerdos que se mencionen durante la reunión.

Ideas y recursos para desarrollar y mantener las buenas relaciones entre la escuela y la familia. Las reuniones entre padres y maestros deben ser enfocadas en el aprovechamiento académico de los estudiantes. Es importante prepararse con preguntas, comentarios y planes para una futura reunión. Esta hoja informativa contiene información para padres, maestros y directores de escuelas. Usted puede ver lo que se puede esperar de cada uno de estos grupos.

El verano es la estación más cálida del año y una de las mejores épocas para disfrutar al aire libre con la familia. Aquí ofrecemos una serie de actividades y recursos para disfrutar de las vacaciones escolares este verano. 

Lectura de Verano con La Biblioteca. Lee por diversión y gana premios este verano

Visita el Taller Creativo de Rockwood

Minikits de la Biblioteca. Recoge tu minikit en tu biblioteca de tu vecindario

Gresham y sus alrededores
Visita los parques de Gresham

SKIP, Actividades y almuerzo gratis en los parques, Red Sunset, Main City y Nadaka

Un día de baseball, 17 de Junio de 2022

Gresham en bicicleta. Paseo grupal en bicicleta. Inscríbete aquí

Festival Anual de las Artes en Gresham con más de 100 artistas y un rincón para niños

Películas en el parque en la ciudad de Fairview 

Películas en el parque en la ciudad de Troutdale

Visita los parques de Troutdale

Descubre los parques de Portland y actividades a sus alrededores
Explora estos parques renovados 

Mapa de todos los parques 

Fuentes interactivas. Lista de fuentes y otras áreas de chapoteo para refrescarse este verano en el área de Portland y Gresham  

Verano gratis para todos. Portland Parks and Recreation está de regreso con un calendario completo para el 2022: conciertos, películas, arte para todos y además almuerzo y juegos gratis para los menores de edad

Portland Sunday Parkways. Vea aquí las rutas y los dos eventos principales de este año 

Kids Bowl Free. Los niños juegan boliche gratis todo el verano

Almuerzos de verano y otros recursos de alimentos
Almuerzos de verano. Cada verano, Oregón ofrece sitios de comidas de verano para niños de 0 a 18 años de edad. Algunos programas ofrecen actividades de aprendizaje para niños antes y después de las comidas. Hay varias formas de encontrar sitios para comer en su área. Encuentre un sitio cerca de usted enviando un mensaje de texto con la palabra “Comida" al 304304.

Meals 4 Kids. Este tiene información acerca de cómo recibir comida para ayudar a niños y familias que califican dentro de la Ciudad de Portland. Visite su sitio web para completar el formulario.

Banco de Comida de Oregón. Encuentre alimentos cerca de usted con este mapa interactivo

Lista del 2021
Diversión de verano al aire libre. Vea esta lista con más ideas para disfrutar este verano
 

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